• Atlanta zoo welcomes panda cubs

    2013-07-16

    Zoo Atlanta is considered to be one of the largest zoos in the U.S., and it recently welcomed two new residents who will certainly attract a fair amount of visitors. Twin panda cubs were born at the zoo on Monday, marking the first time in 26 years such an occurrence has taken place in the U.S., according to CNN.

    The cubs were born to a 15-year-old giant panda named Lun Lun and will likely be available for public view by late fall. Until then, however, they face a somewhat rough road. The mortality rate is already somewhat high among panda cubs, who weigh between 3 and 5 ounces when they're born, and the twins are considerably smaller. Still, zoo officials said they are certainly up for the challenge.

    "Twins are an entirely new scenario for Lun Lun, Zoo Atlanta and our animal care teams, who will no doubt be extremely busy over the next few months," said Raymond B. King the zoo's president and CEO.

    Giant panda births are exceptionally rare in the U.S. Atlanta's zoo is only one of a few in the country to house the famous animals. Many of the world's pandas - which number about 2,000 - live in central China, according to CNN.

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